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About Erik Brugamyer, Ph.D., your Austin physics tutor.

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About Erik Brugamyer

“I can help demystify physics and math!”

Dr. Erik Brugamyer has devoted his life to learning and teaching physics, astronomy and mathematics.  He has decades of experience teaching and tutoring thousands of students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities, at the high school, college and post-graduate level.  And he gets results!  His tutoring students routinely say they wish Erik had been their classroom instructor.  After working with Erik, his students have: turned “F”s into “A”s, improved standardized test scores by over 75 percentile points, tested out of degree requirements, been accepted to Ivy League colleges, been accepted to medical school, advanced to PhD candidacy, become medical doctors, become university professors, and — most rewardingly — become lifelong lovers of physics and math.
 
Erik fell in love with the stars as a child, and astrophysics has been his life’s passion ever since.  He found his way from the dark skies of South Dakota to The University of Texas at Austin, where he double-majored in Physics (B.S.) and Astronomy (B.A. with a minor in German).  He completed a quarter of his undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Berlin, where he took courses in quantum mechanics, astronomy, and German.  Erik then took a detour into the business world — he received a graduate degree in accounting and took a job in Chicago, IL with one of the largest international public accounting firms in the world.  This experience provided him with some very valuable life lessons.  The most important one was deciding he knew exactly what he wished to do with his life moving forward: teach!
 
After leaving his business career behind, Erik returned to Austin, TX, where he began teaching and tutoring physics more or less full-time.  To further his goal of a career in education, Erik matriculated into the Astronomy Ph.D. program at UT – Austin, and completed the degree in 2014.  Along the way, he was also awarded an M.A. degree, bringing the total number of degrees to five — all from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em!).  Erik’s dissertation involved searching for extrasolar planets (planets found orbiting stars other than our Sun), and characterizing their host stars.  He was lucky to be involved in the global team effort to make sense of data collected by the planet-hunting NASA Kepler Space Telescope.  Erik continues to be involved in research — trips to world-class research telescopes remain a sacred experience for him!

 
These days, Erik teaches high school physics and math at a private, well-known school in Austin, TX, and also serves as the Chair of the Math and Science Department.  He does a fair amount of outside teaching and tutoring as well, particularly: MCAT and GRE physics for post-graduate studies, college-level physics and calculus, AP and SAT physics and calculus, and high school physics and math.  Erik stays very busy with teaching and tutoring work, but considers himself very lucky, indeed — he’s passionate about his work, and doesn’t really consider it “work”.
 

If you’ve ever been faced with a physics or math problem and thought “I have no idea how to approach this!?”, then Dr. Erik Brugamyer can definitely help demystify the process!

Publications

Erik’s Ph.D. research revolved around “extra-solar planets” – planets found outside of our own Solar System, so that they orbit stars other than our own Sun. Below is a collection of titles and links to refereed articles that Erik authored/co-authored, including three published in the prestigious journals “Nature” and “Science”.

  • “Two New Long-period Giant Planets from the McDonald Observatory Planet Search and Two Stars with Long-period Radial Velocity Signals Related to Stellar Activity Cycles”
    https://arxiv.org/abs/1512.02965

 

  • “A 12-year Activity Cycle for the Nearby Planet Host Star HD 219134”
    http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/0004-637X/821/2/74/pdf

 

Tutoring Services

Calculus-based Physics Tutoring
Engineering Physics Tutoring
Algebra-based Physics Tutoring
Conceptual Physics Tutoring
High School Physics Tutoring
High School Calculus Tutoring
Pre-calculus Tutoring
Geometry Tutoring
Algebra Tutoring
Middle School Science Tutoring
Middle School Math Tutoring

College Physics Tutoring

I offer calculus-based physics tutoring, engineering physics tutoring, algebra-based physics tutoring, and conceptual physics tutoring.

High School Level Tutoring

In addition to college physics tutoring, I also offer high school level physics tutoring, calculus tutoring, pre-calculus tutoring, geometry tutoring, and algebra tutoring.

Middle School Level Tutoring

Beyond college physics tutoring and high school level physics and math tutoring, I offer science tutoring and math tutoring in Austin for middle school students.

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